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William Harrison (#47153789)
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working regularly (as in daily) on my family history information since 1993, beginning with the info that she had entered into my baby book!

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney, Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I just recently obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I recently did a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them yet.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I have purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I am part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress! I was informed that a local Boy Scout Troop had been working on the cleanup, but I spoke with the Scout Master and he indicated that due to his pending retirement and a reduction in the number of available Scouts, he did not believe they would be returning to Cossell Cem.
During the summer of 2015, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

I am also researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist.

In 2014, I began searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links should definitely be appropriate.
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Christian Gaiser
Thanks, I will try and get to the Christian Gaiser bio page to check the dates. You are correct in that there are somesome conflicting dates. I would tend to use primary records over carved gravestones as any of them could be in error.
Added by Juliaom on Apr 06, 2017 10:56 AM
Deb Beechy
Joseph Patterson Headstone
Dear William, Thanks so much for your time in taking the picture of Joseph Patterson headstone. It is much appreciated!
Added by Deb Beechy on Apr 05, 2017 9:46 AM
Catherine Wenzler Gaiser
Again thanks so much for the gravestone photos of Catharine and Christian Gaiser.
I have never gotten a chance to go to Mound Cemetery. We appreciate your time.
Added by Juliaom on Apr 04, 2017 9:13 PM
Christian G. Gaiser
Thank you, thank you so much for the great photos of the Christian G. Gaiser lot and Monument.
Also for putting the names of all in the lot on the big photo. How kind of you to take the time.
We appreciate it so much.
Added by Juliaom on Apr 04, 2017 9:10 PM
Linda Albrecht Maret and Gary A Maret
Robert Blanford
Hi William, Thank you so much for the picture for Robert. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this for us. Thanks again. Linda Maret
Added by Linda Albrecht Maret and ... on Mar 23, 2017 11:37 AM
Coles Mitchel #177606609,
I posted a couple of photos of them from our Mitchel vintage photos. There aren't very many.
Added by Juliaom on Mar 21, 2017 10:45 PM
Coles Mitchel and Sina Nora Gibson
Thanks so much. You work as late as I do. Its quieter at night. Family stories are that Coles Mitchel was a very large man, and the photos show that to be true.
Added by Juliaom on Mar 21, 2017 10:24 PM
Mitchel-Gaiser Photos
Thanks so much for the beautiful photos of Byron Florice Mitchel, and Elsie Lorena Gaiser Mitchel.
And for the gre4at photo of Coles Mitchel and Memorial #177606609.
I don't get to Illinois now that I am back in Kentucky.
If you would transfer Coles Mitchel to me, I have some photos I can post.
Julia 46905166
Added by Juliaom on Mar 21, 2017 9:39 PM
Diana Small
Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo request on Diana Small. I only had that photo of the old marker and had never seen her new one. I truly appreciate your effort!
Added by Saari on Mar 21, 2017 11:02 AM
James Elmo
thanks for the stone PICTURE
thanks for the stone PICTURE

Added by James Elmo on Mar 21, 2017 9:20 AM
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